“Laggard” is a new track from Sugarface, showing a serene sound guided by a meshing of mandolin, acoustics, and melodica. Bird chirps and strumming acoustics start, joined by a light and playful lead thereafter. Trickling guitars, at points like the two-minute mark, cast a climactic pull alongside the creeping vocals. The bridge at 02:24 engages alongside twinkling keys. “Laggard” succeeds in its aesthetic and melodic pull.
“I built the song from the main melodic line that I played on a piano one day. I tried to keep the rest of the arrangement in that intimate space,” the artist writes. “The song details a day of an American factory worker as he gets the urge to insert a bit of agency into the life he’d simply been going along with.”
“Laggard” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2020’ Spotify playlist.